What Content Management System Are You Using?

“What content management system do you use, Anne?”

I was asked this question by Mary Miller, Handshake client and founder of IDD which, after 19 years in business as experts in website development, has produced iCMS, a website content management system.

TypePad,” I answered.

Although TypePad is not technically a content management system, that’s what we use it for anyway.  Our online enterprises are TypePad blogs with TypePad templates.  Handshake 2.0 is the exception with its custom design on a TypePad frame. 

A legacy content management system I developed websites using Microsoft FrontPage in the 90s and continue to miss designing sites in one “part” of the software and organizing files in another.   TypePad does allow users to create static pages so blogs can be all-in-one with websites.  The pages can’t be organized in folders, however, and without a tab on the dashboard, even reaching the pages is a two-click process.  Thus, my website file management system consists of scanning the list of pages, or using the page search with keywords, hoping the results will include the page I need to edit.  Blogs, rather than websites, are TypePad’s priority.  That’s okay.  TypePad promises “great blogs” and that’s definitely what they deliver.  I have over 20.  I’m not known for pushing limits, not I.  I wouldn’t try to make a blog management system into a content management system, oh no. 

Born two years ago, Handshake 2.0 has over 1000 blog posts and almost 70 website pages.

When Mary Miller described the content management features of iCMS, I will admit I began to feel longing, particularly when she spoke of an iCMS site having different sections that could have multiple users with different levels of permission to edit and publish.  Sections!  That sounds like "parts"!  Ahh…

But don’t even try to tell me those are common CMS features.  Look at this list of content management systems.  I’ve seen demos.  Too much management, not enough content creation.  I’ll keep my TypePad, thank you very much.

Mary Miller has offered to demo iCMS for me.  She says in one hour I would be ready to go. Creating content. Hmm.  I like this iCMS ad.  That’s a real testimonial and that’s a real iCMS site in the image.

Change?  As you can see in the accompanying image, my legacy content management system works just fine. 

Doesn't it?


iCMS is a content management system from IDD, Inc., a full-service IT firm specializing in website development, custom software solutions, education and training.  You're invited to like iCMS on Facebook.

IDD, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Inc., the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

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  1. At the end of the day a CMS is like any other tool. You find one that works and run with it.

    Not saying that you should not change, I don’t know anything about iCMS, but the tendency towards the next thing is dangerous and pervasive on the internet.

    Some of the best websites have been on WordPress, TypePad, or some other system for years and as a result the have a system to delivering killer content on a regular basis. Some of the most productive people in the world still use paper and manila folders to organize their business, not some fancy webapp (others start with the webapp and become more productive).

    Most of the research I have read about personal organization systems indicates that the comfort with system is more important than the system being the ‘best.’ My advice is unless your craft is being held back by your current system, if you are comfortable with it, keep it.

    Or if your business is dependent on having tested/ used all available options.

  2. Certainly not all applications need a content management system and I agree with Allen that perhaps some sites have no need to change content or capabilities, however content management offers many benefits that should not be so quickly’dismissed’. Many companies would benefit by dividing tasks on a site such as writing, editing and publishing without the worry that any content would be published without the proper approval. This simple ability to divide tasks by roles and track changes or roll back to a previous version is valuable for those who need it. It is sometimes difficult to think how you might use a feature if it is not an option. New capabilities can often save time and effort and are worth considering.

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